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Vegetarian Cuisine: Yasai Tenpura (2)

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(mushrooms tenpura)

I’ve come with some other morsels for vegetarians (I’m not, sorry, but I do commiserate!):
Above is a tenpura made with seasonal mushrooms in Takasagotei Izakaya in Hamamatsu.
Actually you could eat almost any edible mushrooms this way!

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This particular fine (thin) leafy plant is called “Ashitaba”. It is quite common and very cheap in our Prefecture and all over Japan. It just shows how you cantry any leafy plants. There is no limit to it! I ordered the above at Oikawa Izakaya in Shizuoka City.

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Now, this one is bit more exotic/ethnic as this is kimchee tenpura, which shows that tenpura knows no frontier. Crunchy, it has plenty of texture. Was served at Oikawa Izakaya in Shizuoka City.

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Vegetarian Cuisine: Yasai Tenpura

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(Pic taken at Tomii Restaurant)

I heard a lot of vegetarians cmplain about the lack of cuisine and variety in this country.
I cannot/may not surmise for the whole of Japan, but I’m certain that Shizuoka Prefecture does not deserve this criticism. It is the largest and most varied poducer of vegetables (and partly of fruit) Prefetcure in the whole country!

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(Pic taken at Yasaitei Restaurant)

Now, one way to eat great, tasty and hot vegetarian cuisine (notice I use the word cuisine, not food) is to order vegetable tenpura (“Yasai Tenpura”) in your/his/her favourite restaurants!
Alright, “true” vegetarians will retort that they use egg white in their batter. If you are that strict, you can always try and cook them yourself, using corn starch instead of egg white. This is not the purpose of this article, but if you wish me to tell you the recipe in detail, I shall be happy to oblige! (Absintheur, you can always use plain oil instead of sesame oil in Czech Republic!)

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(Pic taken at Oigawa Restaurant)

Good Japanese restaurants and izakaya wil be glad to serve you tenpura made up with only vegetables, like we did last week with Lojol.

Ask for “yasai tenpura”. If the chef enquires whether you wish anything else, just say “yasai dake” (“only vegetables”). If he asks you what you would like to eat in particular, reply: “makashimasu!” (“as you see fit!”). I’m certain you will end up with season vegetables only, and if you come back to the same place, the chef will remember you and suggests all kinds of vegetables and combinations!